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Ken’s Foods updates salad dressing bottles

BY Allison Cerra

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Ken’s Foods has increased the size of its salad dressing bottles.

The company said its new 9-oz. salad dressing bottle replaces its existing 8-oz. bottle, giving the consumer 12.5% more dressing for their money, Ken’s Foods said. What’s more, 26 varieties of Ken’s salad dressings will be "dressed up" in the updated bottles.

"We held focus groups with our end users," said Bob Merchant, Ken’s Foods COO. "They made it clear that they prefer plastic bottles over glass, and Ken’s listens to consumers."

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Frito-Lay heats up chips with Tapatio hot sauce

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas — Frito-Lay is spicing up its Doritos, Fritos and Ruffles brands with a zesty offering.

Each of the three chips brands now will include a Tapatio hot sauce-flavored product. All three Tapatio-flavored Frito-Lay products include a unique combination of red chili peppers, spices and a hint of garlic — the same ingredients used to create the original Tapatio hot sauce recipe.

New Tapatio-flavored Doritos, Fritos and Ruffles are available at select retailers for a suggested retail price of 99 cents each for small bags and $2.99 each for large bags.

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Diamond Foods expands portfolio with P&G’s Pringles business

BY Allison Cerra

SAN FRANCISCO and CINCINNATI — A Procter & Gamble potato chip brand will become part of Diamond Foods in a deal valued at $2.35 billion.

P&G said that it inked a definitive agreement to merge its Pringles business into Diamond Foods — whose portfolio includes such brands as Emerald Nuts and Pop Secret popcorn — which boasted revenues of about $2.4 billion. The transaction, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2011, is subject to approval by Diamond shareholders and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Diamond Foods president and CEO Michael Mendes called the deal a "strategic combination" and that the company will build on Pringles’ brand equity. The combined business will remain in San Francisco, Diamond Foods said.

For fiscal year 2012, Diamond anticipates strong growth in its core business with earnings per share of $2.85 to $2.98 on a stand-alone basis, which represents a 30% increase over 2010 EPS.

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